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    Microsoft Edge Startup Page - Change in Windows 10

    Microsoft Edge Startup Page - Change in Windows 10

    How to Change Microsoft Edge Startup Page in Windows 10
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    How to Change Microsoft Edge Startup Page in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser added in Windows 10, and will be available across the Windows 10 device family. It is fast, compatible, and built for the modern Web.

    The startup web page is the web page that will open by default at the startup of Microsoft Edge.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the startup page of Microsoft Edge to what you like for your user account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    The startup page of Microsoft Edge is stored in the DWORD and binary values in the registry keys located below.

    You can export them as a .reg file, and only merge the .reg file on the same PC. Merging the .reg file that was exported from one PC will not work on any other PC.

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Protected - It is a violation of Windows Policy to modify. See aka.ms/browserpolicy

    ProtectedHomepages - Binary value

    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\ContinuousBrowsing

    Enabled - DWORD


    EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge Start page
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    Here's How:

    1. Open the Microsoft Edge app.

    2. Click/tap on the More actions button at the top right corner, and click/tap on Settings. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 (start page), step 5 (new tab page), step 6 (previous pages), or step 7 (specific page(s)) below for what you want Microsoft Edge to open with.


     4. To Open Microsoft Edge with the Start page

    A) Select Start page in the Open Microsoft Edge with drop down menu, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Open Microsoft Edge with the New tab page

    Note   Note
    This would the new tab page below.

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    A) Select New tab page in the Open Microsoft Edge with drop down menu, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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     6. To Open Microsoft Edge with with your Previous pages

    Note   Note
    This would open the previous tabs that you had open when you closed Microsoft Edge last.


    A) Select Previous pages in the Open Microsoft Edge with drop down menu, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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     7. To Open Microsoft Edge with Specific Page or Pages of Your Choice

    A) Select A specific page or pages in the Open Microsoft Edge with drop down menu. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Enter a URL you want, and click/tap on the Save (floppy disc) icon. (see screenshot below)

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    C) To add more pages, click/tap on the + Add new page link, enter a URL, and click/tap on the Save (floppy disc) icon. (see screenshot below and above)

    D) To remove a page, click/tap on the X of a listed page. (see screenshot below)

    E) To edit the URL of a page, click/tap on the edit (pencil) icon, edit the URL, and click/tap on the Save (floppy disc) icon . (see screenshot below and above)

    F) When finished, go to step 8 below.

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    8. When finished, you can click/tap anywhere on the web page in Microsoft Edge to close settings.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2015-06-30 #1

    Tutorial has been updated for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10158.
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  2. Joined : Nov 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       2016-02-26 #2

    Do we have the registry info for setting a URL as the start page?
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-02-26 #3

    Hello CPinnegar,

    I'll look into it, and will post back when/if able.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-02-26 #4

    Ok @CPinnegar. OPTION TWO added for .reg file options.

    It saves the startup page in the ProtectedHomepages binary value, so manually editing the registry for a custom URL page won't work. Instead, you could set it to the URL you want using OPTION ONE, then export the registry key in OPTION TWO as a .reg file to be able back up and merge on any PC to set.
    Last edited by Brink; 2016-05-03 at 09:52. Reason: update
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  5. Joined : Nov 2015
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       2016-02-28 #5

    That's excellent - thanks Brink!
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  6. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-02-28 #6

    You're most welcome.
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       2016-05-03 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    Ok @CPinnegar. OPTION TWO added for .reg file options.

    It saves the startup page in the ProtectedHomepages binary value, so manually editing the registry for a custom URL page won't work. Instead, you could set it to the URL you want using OPTION ONE, then export the registry key in OPTION TWO as a .reg file to be able back up and merge on any PC to set.
    I can confirm that ,
    but , this will work OK only on the same computer where you grab the registry value [ProtectedHomepages]

    on other(s) computer , after applying reg tweak , with or without restart
    after you will open edge , will get a message
    Microsoft Edge reset your homepage because the homepage settings was corrupt.
    and edge really do that no matter you have setted before applying registry tweaks.

    at least here , on 2 of my test computers.

    after that , I did same settings on 2 computers and
    the values in ProtectedHomepages value are extremely very different.
    I suppose the hard coded value count somehow on user SID or something like that .

    any other ideas ?

    c
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  8. Joined : Oct 2013
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       2016-05-03 #8

    Hello C,

    Thank you for pointing this out. It appears that there's some sort of hash check built in to the value preventing the .reg file from working on any other PC than the one it was exported on.

    I removed OPTION TWO, but added a note at the top of the tutorial for those that wish to export and merge on the same PC.
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  9. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       2016-08-19 #9

    Windows 10 Pro Version 1607 OS Build 14393.51 update


    Brink said: View Post
    Tutorial has been updated for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10158.
    My computer has updated to the Windows 10 Pro Version 1607 OS Build 14393.51 update today, and now whenever I search in a new tab in Edge the search goes briefly via the following URL:

    New tab page

    My default search engine in Edge is Google, and it does end up here after diverting via the above. Please can you advise if you have any ideas or suggestions how to disable this?

    Many thanks!
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